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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Josh Hader vs. Dallas Keuchel

Two lefties face off today, one a steady MLB workhorse, the other a funky, high-ceiling prospect.

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Here's a link to the first round's wrap up post (wherein you'll find the updated bracket) if you need it. Get those votes in while you can!

Round Two, Match Seven

Josh Hader, LHP

One of the bigger risers from last year’s list, Hader put together an excellent year playing in full-season ball, impressing in the harsh climate in Lancaster and earning himself a late-year promotion to AA. Though his command is shaky at times, he misses bats, and continued to do so in a small sample with Corpus Christi. So long as he can continue to work effectively with his funky mechanics and low-three-quarters delivery, he should keep rising through the ranks. His 93 MPH fastball is already a Major League pitch when his command is good, and his curve and change could be as well. -- Brian Stevenson


Dallas Keuchel, LHP

Keuchel made some people look really smart and a few people pretty silly last season. Non-players that is; he made basically all the other players he faced look silly. Breaking out and turning in an ace-like season, Keuchel led the Majors in ground ball rate at 63.5% and finished with exactly 200 innings of work in the book. Though he might regress a tad, nearly everything about 2014 looked legitimate, and he'll form a really nice 1-2 punch with fellow breakout Collin McHugh if all goes as planned. -- Brian Stevenson